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Boston again to host Urban Shield public safety training

The city is once again hosting a simulated emergency exercise called "Urban Shield." The 24-hour simulation will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

boston urban shield A screengrab of a trailer announcing the 2012 Urban Shield in Boston.
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A massive police and emergency response will take place this weekend throughout Boston, but residents need not worry.

The city is once again hosting a simulated emergency exercise called Urban Shield. The 24-hour simulation will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

"The exercise will assess the ability of public safety personnel to successfully respond to, and manage, multiple public safety threats and emergencies occurring simultaneously throughout the metro Boston area,"accordingto a statement released by the city.

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Residents were advised that the large public safety response should not be alarming, and that there is no danger to the public.

Among the scenarios to take place are: an active shooter in Brookline; a hostage rescue of elected officials in Boston; an explosive device found on the MBTA; an injured officer in Cambridge; a parking lot collapse in Boston; and a large-scale consolidated event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

About 2,000 public safety personnel from multiple agencies will take part in the training, including Boston police, fire, EMS, public health and emergency management officials. Also taking part are public safety officials from Everett to Quincy, as well as the state and the MBTA.

Boston hosted another Urban Shieldtraining event two years ago.

Former Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis recently told a congressional committee that the Urban Shield training that Greater Boston public safety personnel took part in was utilized during the Boston Marathon bombings.

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